Glendale were involved in a 5 goal thriller in a dramatic Deeside derby when they traveled up the river Dee to face Banchory on Saturday.
For the first time this season Glendale were able name the same starting eleven from the previous week and after a cagey start from both sides Glendale were gifted the lead on 4 minutes. A throw up the line by Ryan McRae saw Steven Middleton find some space on the right wing and his cross was heading harmlessly into Strachan’s arms till DONALD stuck out a leg to divert the ball past his own keeper for an own goal. It was the perfect start for Glendale but it was Banchory who were doing the pressing in an effort to get back on level terms and they should have scored on 13 minutes when Simpson got to the bye line and pulled the ball back for Brown who from 9 yards scooped a shot over the bar. Rowett was next to try with a fierce strike from 17 yards which would have beaten most keepers but not Derek McKenzie who calmly tipped his shot over the bar. The combination of James McMahon and Middleton for Glendale was combining well when given any decent service and McMahon turned Donald inside out only to see Strachan save with his legs then McMahon set up Middleton who sclaffed his shot wide. Banchory however drew level in unfortunate circumstances for Glendale. Ryan McRae clashed heads with a Banchory player and while he was off receiving treatment Simpson was able to pick up the ball in mid field and played a great cross field pass which BROWN took in his stride and this time made no mistake clipping the ball past D McKenzie. McRae was unable to continue and was replaced by Ross Yule.
J McMahon had a great chance to put his side back in front when he raced clear but his shot lacked conviction but as a entertaining first half ended level it was clear that both sides had enough talent in the forward area’s to suggest there was more goals to come. HT 1-1
The second half continued at a hectic pace and it was Banchory that nudged ahead on 55 minutes with a goal which from Glendale’s perspective was far too easy to concede. A free kick by R Findlay traveled a long distance out wide to Simpson who had acres of space and was able to take the ball under control and advance into the box without a challenge, his shot was saved by D McKenzie but BROWN was there to follow up and claim his 2nd of the afternoon. R Findlay then hit a spectacular volley which struck the junction of post and cross bar but on 63 minutes after a spell of pressure Glendale drew level when from a corner the ball bobbled about and DEREK CRAIGIE forced the ball over the line. Craigie celebrated like a man who had the winning numbers for the lottery but couldn’t find his ticket! Glendale then had a big chance to go ahead when Middleton beat the offside trap and was clean through on Strachan. Middleton elected to round the keeper instead of shooting and was forced wide but pulled the ball back for Ross McKenzie who could not have struck his shot any sweeter only for Strachan to dive low to his left and turn the ball round the post. The game was anybody’s at this stage but it was Banchory who scored again with 7 minutes to go. Simpson crossed from the right and S FINDLAY got across his man at the near post to flick the ball over the line from 6 yards. S Findlay almost scored again with a spectacular long range effort but again Derek McKenzie showed his class with a finger tip save which pushed the ball onto the crossbar and over.
Over the piece Banchory maybe just about deserved it but it was a sore one to take for Glendale, they can take heart from the way they battled and a repeat of this type of performance will yield some much needed points although they still look like conceding too easily at times.
MOM Derek McKenzie
|Alex McMahon||Yellow Card|
|Kevin Watson||Yellow Card|
|Derek Craigie||GoalYellow Card|
|1. Derek McKenzie|